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Wise Guys
     

Wise Guys

by Clint Willis (Editor)
 

Wise Guys takes readers into the heart of Sopranos territory, with a collection featuring the work of best-selling writers from E. L. Doctorow (with an account of mobster Dutch Schultz that includes one of the great execution scenes in the literature of the Mob) to Nicholas Pileggi (on Henry Hill's first prison term, overflowing with good pasta and booze). Other

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Wise Guys takes readers into the heart of Sopranos territory, with a collection featuring the work of best-selling writers from E. L. Doctorow (with an account of mobster Dutch Schultz that includes one of the great execution scenes in the literature of the Mob) to Nicholas Pileggi (on Henry Hill's first prison term, overflowing with good pasta and booze). Other pieces include Jerry Capeci and Gene Mustain reconstruction of the vicious hit on "Big Paulie" Castellano outside of Spark's Steakhouse (which catapulted John Gotti to leadership of the Gambino family), Mario Puzo's riveting account of a don's ascent (a tale of deceit, murder and, above all, cunning), and Norman Lewis on where it all began: the Sicilian Mafia's battle against Mussolini and its return to greater strength than ever.

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Publishers Weekly
This is the newest gunland anthology by Willis, who also edited Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime and NYPD: Stories of Survival from the World's Toughest Beat. A combination of fiction and nonfiction, this collection includes mobsters from all walks of life. From her 1992 book, Chinatown, Gwen Kinkead contributes a chapter on Chinese gangs, known as tongs; in "Blood Brothers," John Sedgwick details the lives of two Boston criminal brothers, Billy and Whitey Bulger. Richard Ben Cramer reprints his 1993 Esquire piece, "Men of Honor," about Italian judge Giovanni Falcone, who battled with the Mafia in Sicily and was assassinated in 1992. Willis brings in the heavy hitters as well, with selections from Nicholas Pileggi's Wiseguy, Jerry Capeci and Gene Mustain's Gotti: Rise and Fall and Mario Puzo's The Godfather. Of particular interest are two first-person confessions from a work called Joey the Hitman: The Autobiography of a Mafia Killer, written by Joey, with David Fisher. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560254980
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
05/06/2003
Series:
Adrenaline Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
947,772
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author


CLINT WILLIS is the series editor of Adrenaline Books. His anthologies for the series include Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks, Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime, and Gangs: Stories of Life and Death from the Street. He is also the series editor of Adrenaline Classics, which includes such hit titles as Joey the Hitman. He lives in Maine.

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